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The Definition of Accordion Book
My definition of accordion book is any book structure that has multiple folded pages, where the paper is folded back and forth and the end folds act as covers or are attached to covers.
These books are sometimes called concertina books, but that is a structurally incorrect term, as concertinas are hexagonal instruments. Perhaps the name should be changed, but to what? Pleated-page books, folded books, zig-zag fold books? Until that happens they must remain known as “accordion books.”
In the German language accordion books are called "leporellos". The word means ‘a fan of folded paper’ and the use is said to have originated from the opera titled Don Giovanni (The Rake Punished). In that opera Don Giovanni’s servant is named Leporelio. In Act 1 Scene 5, when Leporello sings what is known as the “catalogue aria”, he takes a book from his bag and pulls out a long folding paper strip of paper that lists of all Don Giovanni’s romantic conquests. It is not clear whether the servant was named after the book structure or vice versa.
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